Bihar parents still wary of sending kids to school to get their doubts cleared

Sitamarhi: Bihar’ schools reopened a month ago to clear the doubts of students from classes 9 to 12, but the attendance is still below 15%. Prakash Kumar, a student of Hellen’s Public School, Sitamarhi, informed The Observer: “I am a class 12 student and have a lot of doubts but still can’t visit the school to […]

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Clinics, labs in Sitamarhi shut due to Covid fear

Sitamarhi: A fear among doctors and paramedical staff of contracting Covid-19 has led them to close their clinics and laboratories. Doctors in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district don’t seem to be willing to reopen their clinics following the Centre’s unlock guidelines. Dr Sanjay Kumar Verma, a physician, informed The Observer the main reason for doctors’ decision to […]

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Lockdown ruins Ramanagara silk biz

Bengaluru: A downturn in business due to the lockdown has robbed the smiles of Ramanagara’s sericulture farmers, silk reelers, weavers and vendors. Silk from Ramanagara is used to make the famous Mysore, Ilkal, Kanchi, and Banaras saris. Yengerappa, a sericulture farmer in Ramanagara, informed The Observer: “We rear Tasar silk (Bivoltine). Earlier, cocoons would sell […]

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Bicycle sales perk up during pandemic

People switch to cycling as distancing is not possible in public transport Kolkata: Bicycle sales in Kolkata have witnessed a boom during the pandemic with commuters searching for an alternative mode of transport. Demand has increased three-fold and sales have soared by 80-100 per cent compared to pre-Covid times. Dealers are now selling 300 cycles […]

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Shillong grads face grim job scenario

Unsure whether to seek employment or study further Students should register at employment exchange to increase their chances for employment” says R. Rapthap, IAS officer With unemployment rising in the time of Covid, new graduates are searching for jobs. Deepkala Ghale, a student of mass media at St Anthony’s College, Shillong, informed The Observer: “The pandemic has provided […]

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Amidst pandemic, cloud kitchen concept grows

A few eateries have switched to food delivery Porbandar: The cloud kitchen concept, which refers to the homemade food delivery business, has seen rapid growth as a result of increased safety precautions by customers. Mitali Hathi, owner of Hathi’z Chocolate Goodies, informed The Observer: “I started offering services in January 2020. Covid-19 proved out to […]

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China standoff harms India’s fishing sector

Exports dip 90%; fishermen, staff, traders in trouble The India- China standoff  has affected the export of seafood from India to China. The resultant losses incurred by the fishing industry have resulted in unemployment and a financial crisis in the fishing industry. Denish Fofandi, owner of Deepmala Marine Exports, Veraval, informed The Observer: “Exports from […]

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Aviation in a Tailspin

The Covid-19 pandemic is not only taking lives but jobs too. The travel and hospitality industries have borne most of the brunt and seem the hardest hit. With most of the world’s fleet of airliners parked and mothballed, airlines both national and international are struggling to sustain themselves. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) claims this has been the worst year for the airline industry ever.  Crisil, a rating agency, predicts an annual loss of Rs. 1.1-1.3 lakh crores (trillion) for India’s domestic airline Industry.    […]

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Pandemic hits tuition centres hard

Low enrolment, plummeting revenues pose a big challenge Panchkula: Tuition centres in Panchkula are struggling to sustain their business due to low enrolment for online classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Tuition centres were forced to stop classes in March because of the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ritu Gupta […]

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Tickets not available, migrant labour can’t reach workplaces

The unavailability of train tickets is preventing construction workers from going back to their workplaces.  Arpan Roy, a civil contractor from West Bengal, informed The Observer: “Site managers are calling now and then, but the unavailability of tickets is making it difficult for labourers to travel.” Along with his 30 workers, Roy returned home in […]

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